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    The Grey

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 7/10

    I’ve noticed this film hanging around on Netflix for a while, but couldn’t stomach the grim prospect of watching an air crash and survival film. Even though the air crash part is rather memorable in it’s horror, this film left me much more worried by wolves than air travel.




    Django Unchained

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 8/10

    An epic tale from chain gang slave to conquering ‘hero’.

    Tarantino simply knows how to entertain, unless of course you don’t relish gratuitous (and splatteringly unrealistic) bloodshed.

    Almost 3 hours long it fails to get boring at any point (despite a very simple plot) due to the great characterisation.




    Escape Plan

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 5/10

    I can’t deny it, I’m quite partial to breakout films. This one features both Stallone and Schwarzenegger looking pretty good considering they’re both pushing 70. They must really love making films, I’m very sure they don’t need to work.

    The breakouts were ok,




    Safety not Guaranteed

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 6/10

    A well crafted little film following the story of a team of reporters looking into a newspaper advert for a time traveller’s assistant.

    The heart of the film lays in the fact that we never really know if the placer of the advert is a genius or a lunatic.




    The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 8/10

    After reading both this and ‘The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden’, I kind of felt both stories suffered from the same problem. They both started off well, and were amusing, but they seemed to go on a bit and got tiring. I think this might just be me,




    The Social Network

    Reading Time: < 1 minute

    After watching Noah, The Social Network was a completely different prospect. I’ve been trying to force myself to watch this since it came out on DVD, but the concept seemed so dry that I couldn’t force myself. There’s been a lot of this lately –




    Noah

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 4/10

    I thought I couldn’t fail to enjoy an epic story with modern visuals and an all star cast. I was wrong. Noah was pants, despite some impressive CGI and a nice rough ark concept. Russell Crowe was his useful gruff self, but made a reasonable Noah.




    Pompeii

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 5/10

    This is basically Gladiator with an imminently rumbly, erupting volcano. So much seemed to be lifted straight from Ridley Scott’s epic that it became a bit laughable.

    It only got more farcical during the ending action sequences, despite some very impressive vulcan visuals.




    Cool Runnings

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 6/10

    It’s only taken me 21 years to get round to finally seeing this unlikely Olympic story, but I’ve heard it mentioned so many times along the way.

    Having watched the story of the real 1988 team though, I’m not sure why they needed to invent so much for the plot of this comedy.




    Big Fish

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 7/10

    Another Tim Burton film that passed me by when released, brought to my attention via Netflix and a eye-catching, memorable title graphic. I caught up with Big Fish finally and was quite surprised how good it was considering I’d not really heard much about it.




    Pan’s Labrynth

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 9/10

    I finally got round to watching Pan’s Labyrinth over the weekend and was really glad I made the time.

    It’s odd how I had pre-judged this film based on very little information, deciding it was a low budget fantasy film that would have my eyes rolling in their sockets from beginning to end.




    Half Nelson

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 5/10

    Ryan Gosling plays a disfunctional history teacher in Brooklyn. He’s not a very good teacher because he’s got a bit of a drug issue. Beneath his disheveleed exterior, however, he genuinely cares about some of his pupils. Especially if they happen to catch him smoking crack in the toilets.




    Transcendence

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 6/10

    I watched Transcendence and Lucy back to back. Whilst Lucy was a little lame in concept, Transcendence at least had the slightly more plausible, although still fantastical premise to build upon.

    Pretty sure the CGI in both films used the same particle plugins –




    Lucy

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 7/10

    Entertaining in a way, but a little silly and flawed. Whilst Scarlet Johannssen may well be establishing herself as a bit of a Sci-Fi goto-girl, and her performances are always excellent, the premise and story of Lucy are unexciting and not grounded in science past,




    Malificent

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 7/10

    Quite enjoyed this retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Some impressive visuals, striking performance from Angelina Jolie and some very cute creature creations.

    True love’s kiss seems to be a little concept that gets rolled out time and time again – popping up with neat little twists in both Frozen and Malificent in recent months.




    The Untouchables

    Reading Time: < 1 minute 9/10

    Something about the name, the subject of the cover image and the fact I’d never heard of it didn’t exactly me enthuse me to rush to watch this film

    When it started and it was in French, my heart sank further. But then I recalled that some of the best films I’ve ever seen have been French,




    The Purge

    Reading Time: 2 minutes

    I have to admit I wasn’t exactly desperate to go and see The Purge, but was dragged along by my horror genre loving daughter. The concept sounded a bit lame, and the image of the mask and wearer being used on the promotional material made me groan a little.




    Zero Dark 30

    Reading Time: < 1 minute

    A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.

    I really didn’t want to watch this after seeing Seal Team Six,